Wealthy Like Matt Mullenweg

Welcome back!

This week’s point of focus is on the Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg (aka the WordPress coder).

He shares several important lessons and stories that I believe are worthy of spreading to my readers. Let’s get started…

Calm under Pressure:

First off, Matt is known as someone who will not allow himself to freak out or panic when confronted with a stressful situation. And this is because of one key idea; that getting mad or upset will not change your situation. Nor, will it make current matters any better.

Instead he would rather spend his time in a relaxed mindset and come up with a solution.

Start With One:

Matt also shares a trick he used to get in better shape. He promised himself to do one pushup before he went to bed every night.

Now one pushup might not seem like a reasonable amount of work to keep someone fit, however, this was only a trick that could get him started. One pushup would lead to several more as he was already in the position.

Why this trick works, is because it is usually the initial hurdle of starting that keeps us from our end goals.

Tail End of Family Time:

A final lesson I would like to share from Matt Maullenweg is something that he mentions on time spent with family.

It is crazy to think about, but after you have finished high-school and university (depending on if you still live at home or not) you have spent more than 90% of your time with your parents that will in your entire life, on average.

When you start to think about the logic behind that, you begin to realize that now is the time to make sure every visit you have with your family counts. Because you never know how short life is until you know. 


Thanks for reading this week and keep learning every week!

 

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Wealthy like Alex Ohanion

This week’s edition will focus on the Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanion as well as some other small tips I learnt this past week that I wanted to share.

Take the Criticism and Use it to Inspire 

When you receive “hate” arising from the work you do, such as “you’re never going to make it” or “you could never actually do that”, you should dismiss it but never forget it.

What I mean by this, is that when you receive that criticism, keep that in your head as motivation for later proving them wrong. Hang it up in your office, make a t-shirt with that and leave it up in your room and use it as inspiration to keep grinding.

Give a Damn About What You Do 

If you plan on selling baseball cards as your career, I really hope that you actually enjoy baseball or the process of buying and reselling at the very least. Liking what you do and having a passion or a reason to continue working is necessary to be successful. If you do not have this, you might be able to last in the short-run but you will not be able to trick yourself into lasting for the long-term.

That is why you should assess whether you actually give a damn about what you are doing right now. If yes, awesome. If you don’t, it might be a sign that you will easily be bored and uninterested in the work in the near future.

Bonus Material from Tim Ferriss

  1. Do something uncomfortable today – whatever it is that you have been avoiding for the past couple days because it involves some serious work or concentration, set aside some time and just execute. No distractions allowed.
  2. You are better than you think – we all judge ourselves and unfairly compare ourselves to others around us. This is just a reminder that we are not independent of ourselves and we actually are more accomplished and skilled than we think.